From bocce to basketball to football, Westlake Rec has it all

As summer heads towards fall, the Westlake Recreation Department is offering a variety of activities for all ages and abilities. From bocce to basketball to flag football, we have it all. 

First and foremost, we are offering a fall adult coed bocce league. After a successful summer run, bocce ball will continue its run during the fall. Youngsters can enjoy a variety of athletic events including Pass N Catch Football, Coed Flag Football and our newest offering, High School Coed Flag Football.

The Pass N Catch program is for four- to six-year-olds not in first grade. They will learn the basics of football like holding a football, passing, catching and even kicking. This is a parent-involved activity and occurs once a week on Saturday mornings.

Coed Flag Football is for first- and second-graders and will be held from September through the middle of October. Teams will practice once a week and play games on Saturday mornings. Each team will also play one game under the lights. This is a non-contact program with coaches on the field to help instruct.

The new High School Coed Flag Football league will feature teams of guys and girls, 7-on-7 flag football with guys guarding guys and girls guarding girls. Teams will practice on their own and games will be on Tuesday nights. Teams are being created in Westlake, Fairview and North Olmsted. Game sites will rotate week to week among the cities and will be played under the lights.

We also are offering the Lil Kickers soccer class on Sundays at noon. Coach Mike Besu returns to teach his popular class. Children ages 4-6 will learn the basics of the game of soccer. Classes are held outdoors during this session and will start in September.

Black Dog Lacrosse will hold a one-day clinic for its “Pups” ages 5-6. Any youngster interested in learning about lacrosse will love this program. Sunday, Sept. 8, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, and sticks and softballs will be provided.

Lastly, it is never too early to register for the youth basketball leagues. Practices will start in December and run through early March. Open to all boys in grades 1-12 and all girls in grades 1-9.

More information regarding all of these programs and more can be found at our website at or by stopping by the Recreation Center at 28955 Hilliard Blvd., calling us at 440-808-5700 or by picking up our new Rec Gazette.

Jim Dispirito

Athletic Coordinator Westlake Recreation Department

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Volume 5, Issue 17, Posted 10:03 AM, 08.20.2013